TimeTechTalk.com Home

TimeTechTalk.com > Time Tech Talk > New Arrivals > A Warm Welcome to My Vintage Voltaire Chronograph:

Welcome to 3T! Please take the time to register and join in on the friendly,knowledgeable watch talk.Please note that not all registrations will receive an immediate activation e-mail.Those who do not receive an immediate notification will be activated manually within 48hrs. by an admin. without an e-mail activation url sent to you,you may then sign in using your username and password,if you feel there is a problem please e-mail us at timetechtalk@hotmail.com and include your name and username and we activate your account.Thank You!

 Moderated by: 3T
New Topic Reply Printer Friendly
A Warm Welcome to My Vintage Voltaire Chronograph:  Rate Topic 
AuthorPost
 Posted: Sun Feb 26th, 2017 07:55 am
  PM Quote Reply
1st Post
Simon_Leung
3T WIS


Joined: Wed Mar 19th, 2008
Location: Richmond, Canada
Posts: 1198
Status: 
Offline
Hello and welcome to Simon's Vintage Watch Post.

Tonight I want to share with you a fine example of an Early 1970's Chronograph. Most chronographs that many people are familiar with are either quartz or automatic, but very few are hand-wound.

This is a treat for me, because the watch I am about to share is all original except for the bracelet.

Let's begin...

The name Voltaire Model No. 4005 was actually a model of watches under the auspices of Paul Perret. This particular watch is all stainless steel, with 17 Rubis (Jewels), Incabloc flat hairspring, a rotating bezel and the rare blue-panda totalizers. The watch is antimagnetic and Water-Resistance to 600ft, as it is stated on the caseback.

I believe the movement is either a Landeron 248 or the more venerable and desirable Valjoux Caliber 7733. I have yet to find out. The watch measures 38mm in diameter by 46mm in length and 18mm thick, this is one solid block of stainless steel.

Since most modern watches have gone for the retro-look,surprisingly this vintage chronograph does not look out of place.

Overall, it is slightly bigger than my 1971 Rolex 1601 DateJust at 36mm.

Attachment: 20170225_233511.jpg (Downloaded 35 times)

Last edited on Sun Feb 26th, 2017 08:06 am by Simon_Leung

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Mon Feb 27th, 2017 06:00 am
  PM Quote Reply
2nd Post
Simon_Leung
3T WIS


Joined: Wed Mar 19th, 2008
Location: Richmond, Canada
Posts: 1198
Status: 
Offline
Update:

On Saturday night, I've introduced my newly arrived vintage Voltaire Reverse Panda Chronograph. The exciting bit of news is that the movement used in the watch is in fact, a Valjoux 7733.

Primarily due to the anti-magnetic pallet wheel that gives
the movement it's anti-magnetic properties, which is not found on the Landeron. Unlike the Landeron, the bottom pusher does not stop the chronograph split seconds.

The beat rate is 18,000 vibrations per hour with 45 hour power reserve, it has a 60 sub-seconds totalizer at 9 and 45 minutes totalizer at 3. It is a cam switched mechanism just like the rest of the 77-series of Valjoux movements.

Attachment: 20170226_214151.jpg (Downloaded 28 times)

Last edited on Mon Feb 27th, 2017 06:05 am by Simon_Leung

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Tue Feb 28th, 2017 02:20 am
  PM Quote Reply
3rd Post
stew77
Admin


Joined: Thu Mar 26th, 2009
Location: Colorado USA
Posts: 9000
Status: 
Offline
I'm a sucker for 2-register chronos Simon...and this vintage Voltaire looks really great!!! thumbsup.gif

I'd love to see some clearer pics, but big congrats on your new arrival vintage! Looks sweet! wowzer.gif

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Tue Feb 28th, 2017 04:40 am
  PM Quote Reply
4th Post
Simon_Leung
3T WIS


Joined: Wed Mar 19th, 2008
Location: Richmond, Canada
Posts: 1198
Status: 
Offline
Thank you for the kind words, Stew.

These dual register Panda and Reverse Panda dials have increased in popularity over the past few years, because of Breitling and Tag Heuer, as prime examples. 


This chronograph represents a by-gone era when hand-wound movements died a slow death, only to be rescued by Haute Horologerie (High Watchmaking) old school brands like Audemars-Piguet, Vacheron-Constantin, Patek, IWC and Jeager-LeCoultre

Even the watch technician thought the Voltaire was cool watch.



A valuable lesson:

" In my opinion, is not about how much the worth in value or how much I've spend that counts.  It's the appreciation and enjoyment factor that makes collecting such a wonderful hobby."



I do apologize for the low quality images taken due to the fact that my Samsung Tab E-Lite has only a 2 Megapixel Camera built-in.

Cheers,
Simon

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

Current time is 10:39 am  
TimeTechTalk.com > Time Tech Talk > New Arrivals > A Warm Welcome to My Vintage Voltaire Chronograph: Top



Lead Theme By: Di @ UltraBB
UltraBB 1.17 Copyright © 2007-2012 Data 1 Systems
Page processed in 0.1642 seconds (19% database + 81% PHP). 27 queries executed.